***Fan Question*** Lights, Camera, ACTION!!!

| December 14, 2011 | 40 Comments More

the reaping

 

As we read The Hunger Games we are ever aware of the presence of cameras and microphones. The ability to never really be alone is a huge part of these books. So your question of the week is…

“How do you think the fact that the tributes are always on camera affect their behavior from the time they are chosen in the reaping to the time they are finally in the arena? Does it make it easier or harder for them to accept their fate?”

So let’s hear it readers! Post your answers in the comments section below. I will pick the best response and that person will win Movie Magic Hunger Games Deluxe Collector’s Edition magazine! So make sure to add your comment to the site! Only answers on the site will be eligible to win! Contest will close on Sunday at Midnight(PST)

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  1. SWEETMANDUZZ says:

    Yes!!!!!!!!!1

  2. Alley says:

    I would think Yes but it really depends on the person, like Peeta is so good around the cameras but Katniss isn’t as cool and steady as Peeta is around the cameras.

  3. Sveta_Rychkova says:

    Of course it has an affect! Because for The Capitol it Holiday, but for tributes its almost death. But in the same time tributes have to make impression upon sponsors, and they have to smile and be cute for this reason. So, it has an strong affect.

  4. cinnaluv says:

    You would have to act like everything is OK with you when your around the cameras. You probably wouldnt have anyone to talk to about what your feeling and if your scared or anything. You would have all these feelings inside and you couldnt get them out. It would make you go crazy.

  5. Fiona Dunleavy says:

    I would think it would make it even harder for the tributes to accept their fate. Instead of being able to wollow in self pity and sorrow, you have to constantly be keeping up a good act for the cameras if you want sponsors, because, afterall, nobody supports a sorry tribute…..

  6. I think the longer the tributes are on camera, the harder it gets for them. When a tribute is on camera, they have to act how they think the audience would want them to act in order to get sponsors. Always having to act like someone you’re not can take a toll on tributes and might make them even question who they really are. Also the games get harder the longer you go. If you’ve been inclosed in the arena with very little food and water and a bunch of people that want to kill you for two weeks, would you really want the worry of what the people watching you think?

  7. RebeccaB. says:

    The Hunger Games takes the term “Lights, Camera, Action!” to a whole new level if you ask me.

    I think it would be very difficult. Putting on an act the entire time in the Capitol — and I’m sure trying to keep up your image in the arena — must take a toll on every tribute. You’ve practically been sentenced to death and you can’t have family and friends around to support you! To me that’s one of the most evil things the Capitol can do. Yes, it is painfully horrid they’re taking Panem’s youth and forcing them to become something they’re not and having them compete for their life every moment, but how wicked to film it and treat it like a sporting event.

    Betting on who will win, fixing them up and parading them to just slaughter each other? That is so twisted — you fix them up . . . for their possible deaths. They take you from your support system, placing you in new, scary enviroments, “playing” with you, and then send you off to a place that once a gong has cried out, your life could be over at that very moment. Keeping your guard up is very important.

  8. Love of Peeta says:

    I would think it would be different for everyone. Katniss didn’t want to look weak but Peeta cried. Some people use it as a strategy but others just let it out because they know their going to die. I would probably cry like a baby,but yes my answer to this question is it would probably be a different experience for everyone.

  9. Mrs. Mellark says:

    Speaking of this, how do you suppose the tributes use the “restroom”… well, not really the “restroom”, without Panem being SCARRED. FOR. LIFE. Do you think any accidental incidents happened in that area? :( One of the unmistakeable errors about this whole TV deal.

  10. thg lover says:

    i think it would be harder because your trying to impress people for what you can do but you still have to remember that your in a arena and not trying to get killed by other tributes.

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  12. Katniss says:

    Of course!! Probably all of the tributes acted different before they were chosen to be in the games, it’s like at school, you probably act different in front of your friends then how you act in front of your family. Imagine if you were surrounded by cameras and people who have very high expectations for you, not only that but you also have to preform and work hard to show that you’re the strongest so you can get sponsors and people to keep you alive. If I were in that position, where I was under that much pressure i would probably be on my BEST behavior. But it’s different for different people, some (like Katniss) who are more blocked off and aren’t as open and free will need a little warming up to the crowd and won’t open up as quick as (Peeta) a person who is more open, trusting and easy to talk to. I think in Katniss’ case the cameras and attention made it easier to realize what her fate was. In Peetas case he just wanted to go out with a boom and show the Capitol that they DONT own him. Peeta knew his fate right from when his name was drawn; he was going to die.
    What I’m trying to say is at the reaping after they were chosen they have their moments of thought where they know they are going to die it comes so fast that their immediate thought was “I’m a goner”, but when they are plopped in the arena the cameras change them, their entire attitude against life totally changes they have had time to think and process their fate, now they’re going to try to fight and not give up. It’s the complete opposite of what they were thinking at the reaping. But then again it really depends on the person also their District and previous victors.

  13. hannah says:

    yes it would! u would be trying to keep a good face on but u would probably be going nuts knowing that u will probably die.

  14. karla says:

    I believe it would both help and make it harder for them to accept their fate. It would cause depression in my mind. The fact that these people calling for my blood and wishing for my victory would feel almost bipolar to me. It would cause the tributes to almost have to look at themselves through someone else’s eyes. They’d have to accept death yet make all the effort they can to stay alive. If that wasn’t hard enough to begin with you have others, the capitol people and even some in the districts, depending on your outcome in the game both the positives and the negative. It also depends on your personality if you were: cocky, shy, naive, desperate, ect. Also would deal with how you were brought up and how you handle yourself in situations whether you freak out or stay cool, calm and collective.

  15. Analisa says:

    I believe that all the cameras make it harder for them to accept their fate, because since the beginning they have to fill the expectations of the Capitol, the sponsors and your District, so it definitely affects the way the react and behave.

  16. melannie says:

    I would think it’d make it easier for them to accept their fate, I mean it’s a constant reminder of the atrocities this people do and what is expected of them. To give a show, no matter their feelings or their mental/physical health, all that matters is to give a show.

  17. shirley pauline robayo says:

    it make it easier i think… because all the stress for the cameras the interviews the masks that you need to use.. distract you from the fact that only one can survive there on the games..that you are going to die.. they know that the games and all related its kind a fate… terrible but you cant avoid it…so for a second that cameras and lights people and food hide the pain the suffer and all that you re going to find…

  18. It definitely makes a lot of sense. The tributes know that the world is watching (hehe, yes, that’s a reference to the newest poster :p ) and one aspect of surviving is having sponsors who help you when you need help. You can only get sponsors if you’re acting the way the sponsors like it. Some tributes make a whole plan and they’re playing a role, like Katniss when she “fakes” her love for Peeta. She knew Haymitch wanted her to kiss him, in order to get help. Others are just being themselves, like Katniss when she honoured Rue and sang a lullaby for her. She was totally being herself at that moment, but District 11 would respect her for ever. Katniss is actually both playing a role and being herself. Not only sponsors are important, but there is a little chance you may be a winner. And what kind of winner would like to win, being called a sissy or being called a b*tch? (well, okay, maybe the Careers wouldn’t mind being called a b*tch, but you know what I mean ;) ) So that’s my opinion about it. And sorry for the broken English, I hope it isn’t too bad after all!

  19. Jessica says:

    Their behavior would most certainly be affected because of this fact.

    No time to mourn – No time for love – No time for privacy – No time left.

    Every action would be caught on film, and the most intimate portions of their lives would be splashed on every screen in every home in Panem. Some might take this as their opportunity to present themselves in a light that will favor them in the games, and it may cause others to hide their true selves.

    With a 4% chance of life, the odds are most certainly not in their favor. This is no easy pill to swallow, regardless of their behavior on the camera.

  20. Mary McDonnell says:

    I’m standing in front of my fate. The tribute is coming at me, lusting for blood. I have no way of defending myself.
    The cameras are rolling. Do I fight or flight?
    The tributes must have had the knowledge that all of Panem was watching them at all time in the back of their heads. In a case where only one out of twenty-four tributes survive, they must have known that they might not make it out of the arena alive. So how would they show their last moments on screen?
    I believe that because of the cameras rolling, the tributes would stay and fight. They would choose courage to overtake fear. So, in a way, The cameras would make them more courageous, making it easier to accept their fate.

  21. Ryan Kirrane says:

    The fact that the tributes are constantly on camera from the moment of the reaping to the actual hunger games has to affect their behavior. The tributes are forced to put on their best smile and try to win the crowd over to ensure that they get some sponsors. Tributes have to constantly watch what they say and how they act because that all comes into play when a potential sponsor is thinking whether to help them or not. Some tributes, such as Peeta, have the ability to sway the crowd when they speak, they just know the right things to say but other tributes, like Katniss are not that fortunate. The tributes in a way become fake throughout the process because they are forced to change their identity and who they are if they want to even think about winning. :/

    I think that constantly being on camera and being reminded that they are going into the games only makes it harder for the tributes to accept their fate. As it gets closer and closer to the games tributes like Katniss find it harder to even think about the games, let alone accept that they most likely going to die. I mean i know i wouldn’t want to constantly be on camera because that only reinforces the fact that the games are coming very soon.

    I hope you like my response! :D

  22. It affects them in the sense that they can’t act like themselves because they have no privacy. They’re constantly on camera, with people watching them so they can’t act certain ways, such as breaking down or being emotionally attached to each other. Peeta and Katniss are a good example, like they had to put up an act for the audience, be someone they might not want to be. They could never really act like themselves, especially when around each other.

    As far as accepting their fate goes, it’s really up to the tribute. It depends on their personality, like some, like Rue, had somewhat an easier time accepting her own death while there were others, (an example that I can’t think of at the moment) who might’ve had a harder time accept that fact as they would fight to the end.

  23. Sean Peeta Finn says:

    I believe that it does affect how they act because the moment they are chosen to be in the hunger games, they have a certain standard to live up to. They want to be loved by the audience so that when the actual games go on they get as many parachutes as they can. Also, they only have a say to a certain degree. Mainly, they are told how to portray themselves. Take Johanna Mason, for example. I’m sure that her act of weakness wasn’t a complete thought she made up on her own. I’m sure her mentors helped. It most definitely affects how their mind is. They forget about the fact that this is a live death match, not a fashion show. They are caught up in all of the glitz and glam from the Capitol during their training that during the actual games, all they care about is making a good impression. Like various times, Katniss is in pain or worried and has to hide it because of what she was taught. I don’t think that it gets harder for them to accept it, but harder for them to care about it or focus on it.

  24. Mackenzie McMahan says:

    I think it affects them a lot because of all the people of Panem are watching. Like Katniss and Peeta, they had to act like someone they weren’t just to win over sponsors. So I do think it affects their behavior. I would imagine that it would be a lot harder to accept their fate just because it all happens so quickly and so many people are enjoying watching you die.

  25. Leandra Caywood says:

    Of course it affects them! From this moment forward, they have to try to win sponsors. They have to make an impression on the other tributes, decide how they want to be portrayed. Do they want to look weak so that people will dismiss them as a contender and not worry about them so that they can come back and win, or do they want to come off as leading contender? As for if it makes it easier to accept their fate or not, I think that depends on the district. For tributes such as Cato, all of the attention is exciting. It’s everything he’s lived for. He is thrilled to volunteer as tribute. I’m sure it makes it easier for him, becuase this is such a great honor to the Career Districts. But for a tribute in one of the latter districts like Katniss or Rue, it has to make everything harder, especially for Katniss, who likes to appear strong at all times. Now, she has to worry about staying composed for the cameras and trying to keep herself AND Peeta alive.

  26. Melissa says:

    It definitely makes you more careful of all your actions. Katniss used the camera quite effectively her first time in the arena. For example when she decorated Rue before she would be taken, she knew the camera was on her (page 237). Also her special language with Haymitch has a lot to do with the camera (page 296). She realized thet if she did something interesting or entertaining, it would end up on camera and sponsors would want to help her. Being constantly monitored on camera, I think would make accepting your fate as a tribute easier. You’ve seen it on TV before so being in that position would make it more realistic. Also, if you come out victorious then camera’s will probably follow you around the rest of your life. just like in the case of Finnick Odair or Haymitch Abernathy.

  27. Olive :] says:

    Well if i were chosen for the hunger, and fully aware that i will be taped and televised every second for almost the rest of my life, i would act…acceptable or appropriate. I think it would affect any person to be televised i mean think about reality tv shows, i know, for instance, that “Cake Boss” is scripted. This shows that people will only want/except perfect. The tributes in the hunger games have more riding on the games then most people do as if on a reality TV show, the tributes will force themselves to be perfect or do what the capital wants or expects them to do. They must think and feel that if anything bad happens to their loved ones its their fault and they’re to blame. They would think cautiously; have a strategy or well thought out plan before taking a step basically. They would never think or act the same.

  28. Rebekah Brinkley says:

    I think that it would most definitely have an effect on the tributes. If I was just thrown into some place and told that my death would be on tv, I would go insane. There is no way that I could handle being killed and having my family and friends watch it. At the same time, you are most likely to die and I wouldn’t want my family to remember me as some monster. I think that it would be a totally different story if the games weren’t on tv. One, everyone wouldn’t feel ashamed of killing someone else because not a lot of people would see it. Two, you wouldn’t have a constant reminder that your family is in pain too. It’s enough to deal with trying to survive and then to have the extra weight makes for all the difference. Also, it would be hard to contain yourself at the reaping. You would want to cry so badly but then you family would feel horrible and the other tributes would see you as a weakling. (If that was your angle, however, it would be an advantage to seem weak and be a monster inside.) I think that excepting their fate would be easier, however. If your death is broadcasted, you would have peace knowing that your family would know exactly what happened to you. In the end, being on tv is a good and bad thing. It has its ups and downs. It really just depends on what kind of person you are and what type person the games make you become.

  29. forevereverdeen says:

    i nbelive that it affects their behavior because at that second they have to choose their stradegey, to appear weak ,to stand confident, to be a crazy rageaholic or as silent as the soil.If I were a tribute, the second i was reaped, i would be fighting to stay alive. It would be INCREDIBLY hard for me to accept my fate, and knowing that people were betting i would live or die would make me want to snap a neck. I couln’t , wait, could NEVER accept a fate as doomed as that one..

  30. Dennis A. says:

    I think that it absolutely changes them, and it makes it easier for them to accept their fate. The first reason would have to be because once they’re on camera from the reaping, they already know how big they are going to be, but also have a voice in the back of their mind telling them that they are more than likely going to die. Also, they spent their whole lives watching various games, and they know that any year, they could be placed in the same blood bath. I also believe that it makes them accept their death more because most of the people in the Districts have become numb to death, like when Katniss describes how people always died from starvation. They were used to seeing death happening all around them. My final reason as to why they are more accepting of death when they’re on camera is because they want to be the daring, smart, and strong person that everyone talks about in the Capitol. They’re more daring, more willing to fight and more willing to die knowing that once those cameras are set on them, they’ll be the talk to Panem, and that if they do actually die, they know how much it would impact some people in the Capitol, and they want the people in the Capitol to feel the pain of having some one they are emotionally invested into die, like the people in their District had to feel. They want to be a memorable tribute once the whole country knows about them. Okay! Now I’m done :D

  31. Julia Aguilar says:

    “How do you think the fact that the tributes are always on camera affect their behavior from the time they are chosen in the reaping to the time they are finally in the arena? Does it make it easier or harder for them to accept their fate?”

    The fact that the tributes are always on camera builds a lot of pressure on them. From the time of the Reaping till the time of Death, they need to know how to act around the cameras. For example when Katniss forced herself not to cry when she was taken away, She wanted to present herself as a strong tribute, not a weakling. Another really good example was when Ceaser Flickerman was going to interview The District Tributes. Foxface was very sly, Thresh was silent, but very powerful, Glimmer presented herself as very “sexy”, and Peeta was very charming and easy-going. In the Arena all the tributes know they are going to be either alive or dead after the games are over, so knowing that, they will be on camera 24/7 they are definetly going to try to get as many sponsors as they can. A very good example is the chapter in the book when Katniss played the whole” Star Crossed Lover” thing with Peeta. poor peeta lol… So yeah it does certainly help them accept their fate. I hope this was a good answer lol, took me like 30 minutes :)

  32. Tamara says:

    I think the idea of constantly being surveillance and watched makes the tributes far more conscious of their actions and words. The thought that everything they say needs to pull in sponsors, and will forever be on record is a little frightening. Which I believe is the reasoning as to why Katniss found it so difficult to speak. Particularly in front of the crowds of Capitol people. She couldn’t relate to anything that was going on around her, except for Peeta. And even then she always had the conscious thought of people back home watching her. Especially Gale, her mom, and Prim. Living under a microscope, to an extreme.

  33. Jamie says:

    I believe that when the tributes, specifically Katniss, face the cameras half of the things they do is a lie. For example, Katniss knew cameras were facing her in the arena and so she was especially kind to Peeta and told a fake story to him for the cameras. It did matter in the end that the cameras were there. Katniss and Peeta HAD to be in love for the cameras, they had to show affections and show that they care about eachother. Each moment where the camera was facing Katniss, she had to look her best and show courage. She can’t be all sad and depressed in front of the camera, she showed that she has courage and she is brave. It brought a lot of pressure for her. When she had the interview it especially tough for her since all the districts and the capitol were watching her. She barely knew what to say. If she said something wrong it could cause problems. She defiantly couldn’t say that she hunted in the woods illegally. It brought pressure to her. She had to make everyone love her and she is brave and tough. Basically, she was acting., In the end it all paid off. She had sponsors and everyone rebelled with her since every thought she was the one who could change everything and she is the one who did that.

    Most of my examples were from The Hungers Games and at the end, MockingJay. I am sorry this is so LONG… I just REALLY want to win and I love The Hunger Games Trilogy! Thank you for reading if you did:]

  34. Jamie says:

    I believe that when the tributes, specifically Katniss, face the cameras half of the things they do is a lie. For example, Katniss knew cameras were facing her in the arena and so she was especially kind to Peeta and told a fake story to him for the cameras. It did matter in the end that the cameras were there. Katniss and Peeta HAD to be in love for the cameras, they had to show affections and show that they care about eachother. Each moment where the camera was facing Katniss, she had to look her best and show courage. She can’t be all sad and depressed in front of the camera, she showed that she has courage and she is brave. It brought a lot of pressure for her. When she had the interview it especially tough for her since all the districts and the capitol were watching her. She barely knew what to say. If she said something wrong it could cause problems. She defiantly couldn’t say that she hunted in the woods illegally. It brought pressure to her. She had to make everyone love her and she is brave and tough. Basically, she was acting., In the end it all paid off. She had sponsors and everyone rebelled with her since every thought she was the one who could change everything and she is the one who did that.

    Most of my examples were from The Hungers Games and at the end, MockingJay. I am sorry this is so LONG… I just REALLY want to win and I love The Hunger Games Trilogy! Thank you for reading if you did:]

  35. Cynthia L. says:

    I think it does affect the person in every which way. Sometimes the tribute will just get stronger in front of the cameras while others will hide….Or rather…TRY to hide. With that being said, Others may be brought down, scared, from the cameras…But will have a good way of hiding it. Sometimes…That makes it worse for the tribute. Everyone is affected differently by the cameras. I think i would be one to Embrace the cameras. I dont know why. But i just have a feeling :)

  36. Danielle says:

    I think in some way, it affects all the tributes quite deeply and harshly. With there being cameras everywhere, they are forced to play this game the Capitol has created, and to think in manner that is strictly strategic, just like if they were robots designed for conquest. They don’t want the Capitol to see the true affect these games have on them, but at the same time, they fear for their lives. And because most of them don’t want to appear weak on camera, their emotions build up inside them, causing many of the tributes to break down in the arena. They know their families are watching, and they understand that if they want to survive, they have to fight for it. And because of this, every single one of them become different people in that arena. And even afterwards, The Hunger Games doesn’t finish, the cameras continue to roll, and the past characteristics of the surviving tributes (in all of The Hunger Games) are long gone. So in conclusion, the cameras force the tributes into becoming completely different people compared to who they were before, and never allows them a single moment to ever truly consider their fate.

  37. Jamie says:

    I believe that when the tributes, specifically Katniss, face the cameras half of the things they do is a lie. For example, Katniss knew cameras were facing her in the arena and so she was especially kind to Peeta and told a fake story to him for the cameras. It did matter in the end that the cameras were there. Katniss and Peeta HAD to be in love for the cameras, they had to show affections and show that they care about eachother. Each moment where the camera was facing Katniss, she had to look her best and show courage. She can’t be all sad and depressed in front of the camera, she showed that she has courage and she is brave. It brought a lot of pressure for her. When she had the interview it especially tough for her since all the districts and the capitol were watching her. She barely knew what to say. If she said something wrong it could cause problems. She defiantly couldn’t say that she hunted in the woods illegally. It brought pressure to her. She had to make everyone love her and she is brave and tough. Basically, she was acting., In the end it all paid off. She had sponsors and everyone rebelled with her since every thought she was the one who could change everything and she is the one who did that.

    I believe it makes their fate a bit easier but still hard at the same time. It is bittersweet:] Katniss has to act in front of the cameras, but it helps her guide herself. She doesn’t know what to do sometimes, but she thinks about what she has to do and deals with it. The cameras help her figure out who she is. When she does act, she knows it. If she is on the cameras and supposed to act, but it doesn’t feel like it then she knows that is really what she feels. Like I said before, it is bittersweet.

    Most of my examples were from The Hungers Games and at the end, MockingJay. I am sorry this is so LONG… I just REALLY want to win and I love The Hunger Games Trilogy! Thank you for reading if you did:] THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS CONTEST

  38. Kelly says:

    I know this is late and the contest is over, but I’ve decided to throw in my two cents anyways.

    Of course the cameras affect how the tributes act. Even before that. Everyone dresses up for the reapings, to send an impression. After all, Madge even says “Well, if I end up going to the Capitol, I want to look nice, don’t I?” They don’t want to look like they’re beggars. Beggars in the Capitol don’t get sponsors.

    Another (obvious) example is Katniss’ behavior throughout the entire games. From the moment she is chosen, she can’t even cry. She doesn’t want to look weak to any possible sponsors and to her opponents. Then there was the whole scene with Haymitch and Effie where they taught her how to walk in high heels and tried to figure out what “personality” she was for the interviews. Katniss knew she didn’t want to be any of those things, but she still had to play along. It was a survival tactic. It was the same with nurturing the whole “love” thing, at least in the first book and the beginning of the second.

    One example that I haven’t seen here yet (I might have missed it though) is Johanna. She pretended she was weak the entire games until the end. She had to play it smart, because she didn’t want a target on her back. She probably didn’t get any sponsors, and the whole time she was at the Capitol she was probably going out of her mind pretending that she was a sniveling coward, but she survived. She had to fundamentally change her behavior towards everything and everyone, and it was all because she was being watched all the time.

    How does knowing that you’re always on camera help you cope with the fact that you’re most likely going to die? I think it probably makes it worse. Of course, there’s the usual “I have to be strong for my loved ones” angle, but the tributes are not allowed to have their own reactions. They have to hold it in. In normal life, it’s not good to hold in emotions, and that’s just on simple, mundane, everyday stuff. Not being able to react to a death sentence would make it worse. So, to sum it up in a couple of words: No. Being on camera would not make it easier.

    If you read this, thanks! I know I’m too late for the contest, but I thought I would say something anyways! Good luck to all those who got in on time!

  39. Melanie Odair says:

    yes i thionk it would influence how they act! imagine if you were on camera constently i would be a nervice wreck!

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